The Monroe City School System in Louisiana is tossing out its teacher sign-in sheets and hourly wage employees' punch cards in favor of biometric hand scanners. Administrators hope the technology ultimately will save on overhead and alleviate spotty record-keeping, but some educators consider the system an affront to their professionalism and say the money could have been spent better elsewhere.

"We've had some wage and hour lawsuits that have left the district vulnerable because of inadequate record keeping," said Derenda Flowers, the district's chief financial officer, in explaining the decision. "For salaried personnel, it's more of an


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